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Harvey Residents Trapped in Boarded-Up Homes | Tenant Rights and Protections From Unsafe Living Conditions

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To start the new year, several Harvey residents were boarded up while still in their homes after the city shut down the apartment complex for unsafe living conditions. Nothing justifies this gross lack of empathy and respect for these Harvey residents. The complete disregard for their safety by both the city and the landlord is completely unacceptable, and Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers will not let them go unanswered. 

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Unsafe Living Conditions in Harvey Apartment Complex

Everyone deserves a warm, dry, and safe home. With 24.4% of Harvey residents living in poverty, many members of this community are vulnerable to slumlords and are forced to reside in the most horrific conditions. For several years, residents at an apartment complex in Harvey dealt with no heat, collapsed stairs, criminal activity, and several other unsafe living conditions. All while being expected to pay their rent in full. 

After several ignored orders from the City of Harvey to renovate, the owners of the apartment complex on 144th and Halsted were told that the buildings were uninhabitable and must be evacuated by October 28, 2023. However, when it came to notifying the tenants of the imminent eviction, the landlord and the city were less than thorough.

When January 5th, 2024 came along, several tenants woke up to construction noise and upon attempting to exit their home, they found bolted planks of wood trapping them in, many having to escape through their windows. The workers in unmarked clothing ignored warnings that people were still inside the apartments they were boarding. 

That’s why our firm has started taking cases for the Harvey residents who were boarded up or impacted by this event. The city should have done more to protect these tenants, some of whom are disabled or living on Section 8, which requires a lengthy approval process making it nearly impossible to move at a moment’s notice. 

Types of Unsafe Living Conditions

Your home should be warm, dry, and secure. However, several unsafe living conditions can interfere with these basic needs. Unsafe living conditions can include:

Understanding your rights as a tenant in Illinois is invaluable but it cannot be stressed enough that housing laws can be tricky to navigate. There are several loopholes and opportunities for landlords to take advantage of their tenants. That’s why having an experienced attorney in your corner who understands housing laws and is passionate about protecting the rights of all Illinois residents can make all the difference. You should not have to go it alone.  

An attorney can help collect damages for the financial and emotional impact you may have endured while living in unsafe living conditions. You may be owed compensation for expenses such as previous or future rent, repair costs, or even temporary housing (i.e. hotel). 

At Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers, we never back down from any case we take on. And we’re not backing down from protecting the rights of these Harvey tenants who deserved much better from both their landlord and the city. Contact us today by calling (312) 600-6000. Find out why thousands say… Larry wins!

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